The Dialogue's Leadership
H. E. Francis Kai-Kai
Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone, co-Chair of the International Dialogue, and Chair of the g7+ group of fragile states.
Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai is the newly appointed Minister of Planning and Economic
Development of Sierra Leone with many years of service at both the national and
international levels. As Minister of planning and Economic Development of Sierra Leone, He assumes the
Chair of the g7+ Group of Fragile and Conflict Affected states and Co-Chair of the
International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.
Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai, until his recent appointment, was Sierra Leone’s
Permanent Representative (PR) to the United Nations in New York.
Prior to his appointment as the PR of Sierra Leone to the UN, Dr. Kai-Kai spent 12 years
as a senior United Nations staff member. From January 2016 to March 2018, he was
Chief of Civil Affairs/Peace Consolidation Services in the United Nations Mission in
Liberia (UNMIL), supporting the country’s integrity in natural resources management and
economic governance, decentralization of services, local governance and peacebuilding.
He was Field Crisis Adviser/Field Operation Manager in the United Nations Mission for
Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER) from December 2014 to June 2015. From
March 2008 to July 2014, he was Chief of Civil Affairs in UNMIL, having served as Chief
of the United Nations Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section of UN
Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) from 2005 to 2007. Preceding his United Nations career, Dr. Kai-Kai coordinated the preparation of Sierra Leone’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and set up the Development Assistance
Coordination Office in post war Sierra Leone. He served as Executive Secretary of the
National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration from 1999
Dr. Kai-Kai holds a B.A. (Hons) degree from the University of Sierra Leone, and Master
of Science and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics and development from
universities in the United Kingdom and Germany, respectively. Dr. Kai-Kai is a recipient
of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Rokel (GCOR) Award for Service to Sierra
H.E. Maryam Monsef
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, co-Chair of the International Dialogue.
Maryam Monsef is the Minister of International Develoment and Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. Minister Monsef is widely recognized as one of Peterborough’s most influential people and represented her city in 2013 at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
A passionate volunteer, she has sat on the boards and committees of several high-profile organizations. She was the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough Haliburton Board of Directors, and a former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and of the New Canadians Centre—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions. Minister Monsef is the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, which to date has successfully raised over $150,000 to help support women in Afghanistan.
Minister Monsef has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.